Saturday, July 23, 2016

Common Ground

Last week I painted a black and white series. Since then I've been working on two color series.

I don't have the objectivity to step back and decipher visually whether or not any or all of those pieces appear to come from the same hand.

However, as the person in whose hand the paint brush was held I can say they all have this common ground: the starting point for each was an internal spontaneity. I began from what feels like a quiet gathering place inside me. Its locus seems to be in the very center of my physical self, although I'd be hard pressed to say that it is anything physical.

I still myself. I let that quiet gathering place direct the first mark. And then I respond. Over and over again until that same quiet place says, stop now.

Internal Combustion
3x3", acrylic, collage, ink, pencil, and oil pastel on canvas paper, mounted on collage paper


  1. Love the energy. That glorious texture. Makes me want to see it with my hands :)

    1. Sheila, thanks for your comments. Funny that I wrote about painting from a place of stillness when this piece is so energy-filled! I used a palette knife and had a grand time laying in texture and color. Fun that you picked up on the energy.